How many times have you been in situation when you found that AMAZING image and you have absolutely no information about it – you don’t know who did it, you don’t know it’s name, all you have is low resolution copy and you would give EVERYTHING to have full size original. How to find it?
Well, you are lucky! There are sites on the internet who specialize in Reverse Image Search – which means you give them the image, and they find other versions of it on the web. TinEye is of of these engines, but it’s also a lot, lot more.
TinEye is complete set of Reverse Image Search tools: you can upload images you are searching for or just give links to their copies on the web. If you use TinEye often, you can install TinEye plugin in your favourite browser – FireFox, Opera, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer (are there any other browsers?).
Search results are very interesting – engine not only finds exactly same images, it can also find modified copies or images where given symbol occurs (good example are well known logos – ie. Starbucks). Pretty cool, eh? You can sort results by Best Match, Most Changed and Biggest Image switches. Excellent feature is Compare mode, where you can switch between your search image and selected result, actually seeing the differences.
If it’s not enough, there is experimental (?) section of TinEye called TinEye Labs. It offers examples of Multicolor Engine usage in two excellent tools – Searchand Extract Colors.
Using Search you can define up to 5 different colors and then perform Flickr search to find images using colors you provided. It is dream of every webmaster, especially that TinEye searches for Creative Commons images! Give it a try and let it amaze you!
The other tool called Extract Colors takes a picture and reduces it’s color palette – resulting set has all the hex codes displayed together with their area percentage and color names. If you click it, it uses the palette in Searchtool, so it is easy way to find images with similar colors to given sample. Very, very useful if you are into web development!
TinEye is great tool for Reverse Image Search, I highly recommend it to anyone who often deals with images and colors.